Pogostemon heyneanus Benth., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 1: 31 1830. (Syn: Pogostemon suavis Ten.);
False Patchouli, Indian Patchouli, Java Patchouli ;
commonly known as: false patchouli, Indian patchouli, Java patchouli • Assamese: শুকলতি xukloti • Gujarati: સુગંધી પાનડી sugandhi panadi • Konkani: पात paat • Marathi: पाच pach • Tamil: கதிர்ப்பச்சை katir-p-paccai
Place: at Tropical Spice Plantation (~ 350 ft asl), Ponda, Goa.
Time: December 29, 2011 at 1.43pm
Habit: herb, about 3 ft high
Habitat: cultivated in a spice farm
The guide at the spice farm gave the name patchouli – surprisingly was not aware of the scientific name.
I’m not a botany expert but can this be Oregano by anty chance?
Not oregano, … Though not familiar with oregano plants, looked up for other names of oregano, to check for patchouli.
Vaze kelkar college from Mulund are doing a lot of work on Patchouli. The extracts are used as base in perfume industry S.H. Kelkar.
Here are my photographs of origano, a quite distinct plant
I guess P. parviflora or P. pubescens???? wild guess, may be wrong
… the people of the spice farm are sure about the plant being patchouli, only that they are not aware of the scientific name.
i never guess plants identity according to local names, as local names keep differing from place to place.. for eg. In Nasik ‘Narkya’ is Spermiodictyon sp. and Lantana is known by the name ‘Gangutai’.
If you able to provide the pictures of Leaves and whole plant without zooming the structure, it should become easy to identify the plant, as there are very few species of Pogostemon..
Here are my pictures of Pogostemon heyneanus. Taken from Cardamom estate Vythiri, Waynad, Kerala. I am sure … would also get the same species in his farm land.
Key characters of Pogostemon heyneanus flower clusters not one sided in the spike, globose, single or in pair floral leaves are present.
Additional information: People in different plantations in Kerala cultivated this plant in their plantation and used to use the leaves especially dry leaves against insect pests.
This information is from Waynad and the same has been mentioned in Gamble flora as well.
……, have added more attachments; these are cropped versions of earlier attached images.
Please consider the inflorescence as a whole, rather than considering part of it. Here you are mentioning only the branches/part of the inflorescence. In the main branch of the inflorescence the clusters cover the whole stem. But, in inflorescence branches, the clusters are not clearly facing one side as that of the real one sided inflorescence but are covering 2/3rd of the stem, I guess. This is why I idied this as P.heyneanus. My pictures are of from same plant and same inflorescence the terminal inflorescence and lateral ones are slightly different in terms of round and one sided clusters.
In this regard, the key and the description in Gamble is bit confusing and sometimes difficult to reach a conclusion between P. paniculatus and P. heyneanus.
Please find attached herewith the key and description as seen in Gamble flora (sorry for the poor quality as I have taken the pictures using my mobile camera that I am not familiar with). In the description please read the first four lines under P. paniculatus.
My misinterpretation … Standing corrected.
Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight :: Pogostemon heyneanus :: Goa :: DVMAY51/51 : 1 post by 1 author. 5 images.
Pogostemon heyneanus Benth.
at a spice farm in Goa on December 29, 2011
Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight :: Pogostemon paniculatus :: Yana Rocks :: DVMAY52/52 :1 post by 1 author. 5 images.
Pogostemon paniculatus (Willd.) Benth.
at Yana Rocks on December 15, 2012
To me appears close to images at Pogostemon purpurascens Dalzell
Rather more close with images at Pogostemon heyneanus Benth.
Your similar images of Pogostemon heyneanus Benth. are on FOI (as Pogostemon paniculatus), which I have requested Tabish ji to correct. Pl. see images of Pogostemon paniculatus, which are different.
Thank you …, for the continued close scrutiny of the plants already put up. It will help in making the site accurate. I will make the correction.
Thanks very much … I will revise my notes at flickr soon.
I have revised the notes at flickr.